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'We almost got kicked out of the Shelbourne' - Hometown boys went nuts at news of number 1

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Boyband Hometown at The Rte 2fm Radiothon in Stephens Green Dublin
in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Aldi  Give a Gift Campaign

Boyband Hometown at The Rte 2fm Radiothon in Stephens Green Dublin in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Aldi Give a Gift Campaign

Ryan McLoughlin posted this pic to Instagram following news Hometown hit number 1 in the Irish charts

Ryan McLoughlin posted this pic to Instagram following news Hometown hit number 1 in the Irish charts

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Boyband Hometown at The Rte 2fm Radiothon in Stephens Green Dublin in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Aldi Give a Gift Campaign

Boyband Hometown were nearly booted out of Dublin's five-star Shelbourne Hotel when they heard their first single Where I Belong had gone straight to Number One in the Irish charts.

The six singers were so overjoyed that they started doing back flips in the corridor of the hotel and were promptly asked by members of staff to stop.

"It just went crazy. We nearly got kicked out," Dayl said.

"I did a backflip in the Shelbourne and then ran out. They started giving out to us, but we didn't care."

The Hometown sextet - Dean (20) from Tallaght, Dayl (20) from Tipperary, Josh (17) from Wicklow, Ryan (20) from Kildare, Ryan (17) from Galway, and Cian (19) from Mayo - were overjoyed having managed to beat Ed Sheeran and One Direction to the number one spot.

"We didn't expect it would get to No 1," Cian told the Herald. "Not in our wildest dreams. It was a mad week for us. We did Childline and to hear the single is officially No1 is amazing. We are so grateful."

The band's manager, Louis Walsh, described landing the number one single as "just the beginning" of the boy's pop career.

Written by Irish rock group Kodaline, Where I Belong is the fastest selling single from a debut artist and also the fastest selling single from an Irish artist in 2014. And it sounds like the lads are loving their new found fame.

"The fan reaction has exploded over the last week. Especially at gigs. It's been really great," Cian said.

The band got into the festive mood earlier this week at the launch of Winter Funderland at the RDS which runs until January 11.

"It was a fantastic night," Dayl said. "It got us in the Christmas spirit for sure."

hnews@herald.ie


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